Maybe this man is biting a shoe. Or maybe, he's biting a shoe made of chocolate. That's right, your favourite sweet tooth quiz is back.
Surely you remember last year how Japanese TV show Ultraman Dash had its celebrity panel try to discern what items were real and what were sweets? This January, Ultraman Dash had its annual New Year's Day special and brought the sugar fun again.
Like last year, one part* of the show had "sokkuri sweets" (そっくりスイーツ), with "sokkuri" meaning "looks like" or "spitting image". But remember, these sweets look like anything but sweets!
So, this year, there was a classroom filled with them made from chocolate, sugar, or other confectioneries. How many sokkuri sweets are there to be found?
OK, this candy chalk doesn't count. There are still five. What about that school shoe up top? Is that sokkuri sweets?
Nope! It's made of shoe.
Is this a cleaning rag or sweets?
Here's a Japanese rhinoceros beetle. Or is it?
De-licious. It was painted with coffee liquor to make it look more realistic.
The wood is sokkuri sweets, too.
And the rock.
Chocolate dirt. Yum!
But what about this bat? Is it a candy bat?
No, it's a metal bat.
Here is charcoal for a calligraphy set. It looks kind of like chocolate, no?
It's not. It's charcoal.
And this eraser is made of eraser.
Here is a Japanese school bag, aka a "randoseru."
Make that a randoseru, made from 33 pounds of chocolate.
The stitching and even the metallic looking straps are chocolate!
What beautiful calligraphy. It reads "shinshun" (新春) or "New Year."
It's also confectionery calligraphy.
Here is a Daruma statue. Is it sokkuri sweets?
Nope! It's just a regular Daruma statue. Well, with a bite mark.
And finally, a chalkboard eraser. Or is it an edible chalkboard eraser?
It is! Made with chalk, red bean paste, and filled with strawberry. But how does it taste, you ask?
Hopefully, we'll see you again next year, sokkuri sweets!
*No, the show doesn't do sokkuri sweets on a weekly basis.